New Intelligent Rear View Mirror technology debuts on updated Nissan Patrol
The new look Nissan Patrol has received a safety update with the introduction of an Intelligent Rear View Mirror – a first for both Nissan and upper large SUVs in Australia.
Nissan’s Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM) has been innovatively designed to help drivers “see around” second and back row interior obstacles, improving visibility and helping maintain a clear view of the conditions and traffic behind them.
Featuring an LCD monitor that has been cleverly integrated into a traditional rear view mirror, Nissan’s latest ‘Intelligent Mobility’ technology works in conjunction with a high-performance rear-facing camera that combine to give drivers an unimpeded rear view.
Included on the range-topping Patrol Ti-L grade, drivers can easily swap between the I-RVM and the traditional mirror by flicking a switch which is located at the bottom of the mirror – even when driving the vehicle.
Adding to an already impressive list of active safety technologies, I-RVM joins Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Intelligent Lane Intervention, which are standard equipment on the Patrol Ti-L.
The model also boasts an Intelligent Around View Monitor – giving drivers a complete 360 degree view of everything surrounding the vehicle, it adds Moving Object Detection for the first time and has Intelligent Cruise Control and Intelligent Distance Control, plus Intelligent Brake Assist.
“Safety is one of the key drivers when it comes to purchase consideration and intent and Nissan just upped the ante in this important area,” said Nissan Australia general manager of brand and communications Rebecca Williams.
“Front and rear sensors, Forward Collision Warning, reverse parking camera and Blind Spot Monitoring mean that drivers are more aware of their surrounds than ever before.
“What the Intelligent Rear View Mirror does is take this awareness to a whole new level. If the second row is full of passengers or the car is packed to the roof, the driver will still have perfect vision out the back of the vehicle. This certainly offers peace of mind.”
Arriving in the country yesterday, the MY18 Nissan Patrol has been redesigned, now featuring a more modern, but aggressive, front bumper that includes a new grille with horizontal metallic bars and new fog lamp housings. A fresh set of 18 inch alloy wheels give a more premium look.
Inside, the Patrol range gets a more intuitive, multi-touch panel infotainment system, there are now two USB charging points at the rear of the centre console, and in the Ti-L grade, longer trips are more enjoyable for second row occupants thanks to the larger 8-inch screens that are built into the back of the front seat head rests.
The Nissan Patrol boasts a 5.6 litre V8 petrol engine that is the most powerful in its class¹ with 298kW of power at 5,800rpms and 560Nm at torque at 4,000rpm helping it perform in the most extreme conditions.
A 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode complements the Intelligent 4X4 shift switch (Auto, 4-high and 4-low capabilities) making driving, whether on road, snow, sand or rock, enjoyable.
As standard equipment across the range, Patrol includes Satellite Navigation with 3D mapping and an 8-inch integrated colour display with touch screen, Bluetooth® hands free phone system with steering wheel controls, push button start, climate control and a full size alloy spare wheel.
Available in seven contemporary colours, prices start at $71,990* plus on roads.
How the I-RVM works
Nissan's new I-RVM utilises a high-performance, narrow-angle camera and a specially shaped LCD monitor, with a unique aspect ratio of approximately 4:1, versus a conventional monitor’s 4:3 or 16:9.
Using a standard wide-angle camera lens on this monitor would have produced a low-resolution image with insufficient picture quality. To overcome this, a narrow-angle camera was developed so that picture quality would not be sacrificed.
When the LCD monitor and mirror are used in unison, the transparency of the monitor and the reflection in the mirror can create an image overlap – a dual layered effect – making it difficult to get a clean view. With I-RVM, Nissan applied a special technology to the structural design of the LCD monitor and the mirror, enabling it to function without any image overlapping, giving drivers a perfect view of what is happening behind them on the road.
The high-quality camera and image processing system implemented in the LCD monitor consistently results in a clear image with minimal glare, even during sunrise, sunset or when being tailed at night with strong or high beam headlights.
*Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.